The mother-daughter pair, left in a dumpster to die, were rescued by shelter staffers

For every pet living with a happy family, there is an animal in a shelter waiting to find a loving home. Today we’d like you to meet Maggie (above, right) and Rose, a mother-daughter feline pair left to die in a dumpster earlier this month.

The cats were discovered at a shopping plaza in Centerville, Mass., when an employee went to toss some trash. Sealed in a cardboard box for an unknown period of time, they were cold – the low temperature that day was just 18 degrees – but otherwise unharmed. Once recovered, they were brought to a local business and Deborah Doe of the New England Society for Abandoned Animals (NESAA) was called.

“Both are so sweet,” Doe tells “But they were trembling for days after that.” Maggie, a longhaired gray-and-white cat, is estimated to be about 1 year old, while longhaired calico Rose is approximately 3 months. “They are very healthy,” Doe says. “They had complete vet exams done, both are spayed, vaccinated, dewormed and flea- and tick-treated. They are ready to go home!”

Doe founded NESSA four years ago after rescuing a group of feral cats on her own. After countless people began asking her to help them handle other abandoned animals, she created a non-profit that now operates a free spay/neuter clinic, educational programs, nursing-home visits and more.

The organization depends heavily on donations to continue its rescue operations, so visit its website to learn how you can help.